Minstrel Banjo

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Tom Morrison
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  • Moreno Valley, CA
  • United States
  • on and off for many years
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Tom Morrison's Discussions

Resources - Books / Instructors

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Womack Dec 17, 2011. 2 Replies

I noticed that this web site's Resources for Books / Instructors does not include Bob Flesher's Stroke Style Minstrel banjo Book with CD.I believe Minstrel. Banjo.Ning should add Bob's book to the…Continue

Jigs, Reels, Hornpipes, Walk Arounds

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Morrison Oct 10, 2011. 4 Replies

In Irish Fiddle Music I believe the following is fairly accurate. A Jig is in 6/8 time A Reel is in 2/4 time A Hornpipe is in 2/4 with a different accent. In Minstrel Banjo  A Walk In The Parlor…Continue

Changing strings on a Minstrel Banjo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bell Banjos Sep 30, 2011. 3 Replies

What are some of the 'secrets' to properly & quickly change strings - nylgut or gut?   My banjos have violin tuners.  I eventually get the job done but it seems to take far too much time.   Would…Continue

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Tom Morrison commented on Chris Jozefowicz's photo
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my new Bell Boucher

"A beauty.  Gut strings??"
Mar 27, 2013
Tom Morrison commented on Bell Banjos's photo
Mar 17, 2013
Tom Morrison replied to Scott Johnson's discussion Learning to read music Getting past Briggs
"The first note of the first measure is most often the 1st or 3rd or 5th note of the scale which is the major chord.  Rarely in my experience is the final note of the tune anything but the 1st note I.e the note of the key As far as reading…"
Mar 15, 2013
Tom Morrison replied to Scott Johnson's discussion Learning to read music Getting past Briggs
"If High Bass has the 5th string at G or D or E the tune is in the Key of G or D or E further If Low Bass has the 5th String at G or D or E the tune is in the key of the 4th string - Key of C or G or A "
Mar 12, 2013
Tom Morrison replied to Scott Johnson's discussion Learning to read music Getting past Briggs
"Here's what I am trying to say with some new ideas: Modern Clawhammer high bass is key of G -> g D G B D, low bass key of C - g C G B D in both cases the 5th string drone is G Bob Flesher introduced me to minstrel high bass key of D -> d…"
Mar 11, 2013
Tom Morrison replied to Scott Johnson's discussion Learning to read music Getting past Briggs
"Tim  What I meant by the same note on the drone string as the last note in the tune was they could be the same or an octave or more apart but still indicate "high bass".  If you don't have perfect pitch you don't need…"
Mar 11, 2013
Tom Morrison commented on Bell Banjos's photo
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we walk among you

"The player must be left handed (or a righty playing a left handed banjo upside down).  Is that a Brawley, Terry?"
Mar 11, 2013
Tom Morrison replied to Scott Johnson's discussion Learning to read music Getting past Briggs
"Tell me if I'm right or wrong.  Most songs end on the note of the key and usually start with the 1st, 3rd or 5th note of the scale.  Further the drone 5th string is written upright.  Most minstrel music (if not all) is written in…"
Mar 11, 2013
Tom Morrison commented on Bell Banjos's video
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Bell Boucher Minstrel Banjo / Tim Twiss Instruction Book & CD

"Great job on the triplets Tim.  Can't wait to get my copy from Terry."
Feb 10, 2013
Tom Morrison commented on Bell Banjos's photo
Feb 10, 2013
Tom Morrison commented on Moschella Banjos's photo
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"  I like the single ogee."
Jan 27, 2013
Tom Morrison commented on Bell Banjos's photo
Jan 20, 2013
Tom Morrison commented on David Prat's video
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Prat Fretless banjo

"NIce playing David.  I like the old time 'chuck' sound you get."
Nov 25, 2012
Tom Morrison replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Stroke and Clawhammer-AGAIN
"Let's not get over our heads in dismissing clawhammer or "old time banjo" players.   It is part off a still living tradition as opposed to a reborn one (Stroke Style ) which no one has heard any of the original greats play.…"
Oct 26, 2012
Genford Brewington and Tom Morrison are now friends
Oct 26, 2012
Tom Morrison replied to Genford Brewington's discussion Minstrel banjo and fiddle clips?
"Nice job Paul "
Oct 25, 2012

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Surfing the web.
How long have you played banjo?
on and off for many years
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Bob Flesher, Music Hall Marty, Eric Prust, Scott Phillips, Bell & Son

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Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 7:16am on July 15, 2010, Rob MacKillop said…
Hi Tom. Got any photos of your banjos you'd care to upload?
At 2:22pm on July 26, 2010, Rob MacKillop said…
Never heard of Music Hall Marty. His banjos look great for the price he is asking.
At 10:59pm on September 29, 2011, Bell Banjos said…

HI Tom

Welcome to the group.

How's little 'Henry?'

-Terry

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